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Firefighters stage 8 days of strikes

Firefighters across the region are striking again today in a dispute with the Government over changes to pensions.

It's the eighth and final day of planned protests.

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Firefighters stage more strikes across the west

Firefighters stage more strikes across the west Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Firefighters from the west are due to go on strike today in an ongoing row with the Government. Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will walk out for two hours at noon and again for an hour at 11pm. Strikes will be held for the same times over the next eight days.

FBU members are unhappy at plans to raise their retirement age from 55 to 60 and increase their pension contributions. The government has said the deal on offer is fair.

Fire brigades say contingency plans are in place, including using contract staff. But fewer fire engines will be available during the action.

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